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Day 6 report: No 'I' in Bulls

Sophomore RB Darius Tice and the rest of the Bulls completed their second day of full-padded work Saturday.

JOEY KNIGHT | Times

Sophomore RB Darius Tice and the rest of the Bulls completed their second day of full-padded work Saturday.

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TAMPA -- Coach Willie Taggart has a message to any player that makes a big play or scores a touchdown this season: Celebrate with your teammates, not as an individual.

During an 11-on-11 period Saturday, RB Darius Tice broke a tackle and danced into the end zone. Taggart noticed the antic, blew his whistle and penalized the sophomore for unsportsmanlike conduct.

"When we do it in practice, I'm going to make it a big deal, because the officials are going to make a big deal about it this season," Taggart said. "They're putting a big emphasis on celebrating and we can't do that."

First-year receivers coach Ron Dugans said he also has emphasized a team-first mentality to his group. "It's not about you, it's about the team," he said.

MORE PRAISE FOR NEWBIES: The play of freshmen has impressed Taggart throughout the first week of practice, and the Bulls' second day of full pads was no different.

Most notably, DB Tajee Fullwood (Tampa Bay Tech) intercepted a pass from classmate Quinton Flowers in a 7-on-7 period and returned it 70 yards for a TD.

"It was good to see a lot of those guys make some plays," Taggart said.

MEDICAL MATTERS: Taggart said senior TE Mike McFarland injured his knee earlier in the week and is rehabbing. Freshman LB Nick Holman left the field with his left arm in a sling at the end of practice. Taggart said his shoulder was "banged up" in the scrimmage and did not have further update.

Additionally, WR Rodney Adams (left foot) dressed for practice wearing a walking boot, but did not participate in any on-field drills. He is listed as day-to-day.

ODDS AND ENDS: Taggart said he "loved" the fan turnout during the first week of practices, which were open to the public. On Saturday, the large group of spectators in attendance for the final public session were treated to free watermelon ... Quarterbacks Mike White and Steven Bench took turns with the first-and second-team offense in drills. ... Lightning forced a 30-minute delay at the beginning of practice, but Taggart said the Bulls were still able to get everything in. ... The Bulls start two-a-days Sunday.

AUDIBLE: "That's not going to happen today, that's not going to happen tomorrow. It's not even going to happen on Monday, not even Tuesday." -- Taggart on when he would decided on a starting quarterback.

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